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1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa in St Louis, Missouri

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' The Guyton Collection event, 4 - 5 May 2019.
$8,000 - $12,000

  • One of just 3,142 Corsa convertibles produced for 1966
  • Original Bill of Sale and sales contract to the first owner
  • Includes owner's manual and 1966 Corvair assembly manual
  • Equipped with wire wheel covers

Chevrolet introduced the compact Corvair in 1960 thanks to the public's interest in economy imports. It was a radical car by American standards - a rear-mounted, air-cooled six-cylinder engine and four-wheel independent suspension, among the many unusual features. The Corvair quickly turned from economy car to low-priced sports car with the introduction of the bucket-seat-equipped Monza in 1961 followed by the turbocharged Monza Spyder in 1962.

The Corvair received its first styling update in 1965 courtesy of GM's Bill Mitchell; the only one during its 10-year lifespan. The new models still featured a 108-in. wheelbase, but the new Corvair was slightly larger than its predecessor. New to the lineup was the top-of-the-line and sporty Corsa model which came standard with a 140 hp, 164-cu. in. horizontally opposed and air-cooled six-cylinder with four, single-barrel carburetors; the engine was mated to a four-speed manual transmission. Available as both coupe and convertible, 1966 was the Corsa's second and final year for what was the Corvair's most expensive model - $2,662 before options. Chevrolet built just 3,142 Corsa convertibles for 1966.

Corsas were differentiated from lesser models by "CORSA" front fender lettering above and behind the wheel opening and below the body feature line; special Corsa ornaments ahead of the rear wheel openings; a "140" emblem on the rear decklid; special "C" center ornaments on the wheel covers and the steering wheel center; and full instrumentation consisting of a tachometer, oil pressure, and temperature gauges.

Finished in Regal Red over a black vinyl interior with red carpets, the Corvair is described as a very good, solid, and attractive driver that will be a stand out at any summer cruise night. It was purchased by the consignor at the AACA Hershey Car Corral from Glenn Robinson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on 8 October 2010 and has been largely untouched since that date. Paint is noted as solid and the body shows no visible signs of corrosion in the sills or fenders. The undercarriage is found to be solid and presentable. The engine shows the use of a driver-quality example. The Corvair is equipped with an AM/FM radio and a non-factory center console with armrest. The owner's manual and 1966 Corvair Assembly Manual are included along with the Bill of Sale and sales contract to the original purchaser, Darrell Jerry Oaks, from Barry Pate Motor Co, in Washington, DC, on 27 April 1966.
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Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1199163
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:St Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1966
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Corvair Corsa
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:750723
  • VIN:107676W129201